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Drunk woman arrested after wrecking car on train tracks

A Stone Mountain woman was charged with DUI after her car got stuck on the train tracks on Hwy. 41 near Estes Road around 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 29. When deputy Jacob Davis responded to the report of a wrecked 2012 Nissan, the woman was trying to back her car off the tracks. He told her a tow truck was on the way, but she ignored him. 

Davis asked for her license and she stepped from the car without shoes and immediately lost her balance and used her car for support. She opened the rear door of the vehicle and began fumbling around inside. Davis noticed her eyes were bloodshot as she told him with slurred speech she was coming from Jeffersonville. She then got back into the driver’s seat and shut the door. When he asked her what had caused the accident, she responded incoherently. 

As he was speaking with her, a man walked up and asked if everything was ok. He said he worked nearby and that the woman was his girlfriend and they had gotten into an argument, so he got out of the car and started walking. 

Davis again asked her for her license and she repeated it was in the backseat. Davis had her perform a sobriety test which she failed and was arrested for DUI-refusal. Three open containers were found inside her car. 

 

Wanted man flees deputies on motorcycle

A Reynolds man fleeing arrest in Taylor County led officers on a long-distance pursuit that ended with him being tased after he crashed his 2001 Yamaha motorcycle on a dead-end road in Jackson around 5 a.m. on Sept. 6. 

Sgt. Chris Sherrell saw the black bike, which had a BOLO and an obscure license plate, enter the northbound ramp of I-75 at Rumble Road. He tried to stop it when the driver downshifted and began to accelerate and reached speeds of over 140 mph, going from lane to lane and using the emergency lane to pass. He exited the interstate at Hwy. 18, failed to stop at the top of the ramp and got back on the interstate, accelerating at a high speed. 

At Tift College Drive, deputy Justin Watson and Sherrell tried to use a rolling roadblock and the driver drove around their units and was able to maneuver out of the roadblock, accelerating at over 130 mph. During the pursuit, a rolling roadblock was tried multiple times; however, the driver would use the shoulders or would squeeze between patrol vehicles, while traveling in between lanes.

The chase continued into Lamar and Butts Counties, where the driver exited at Hwy. 36 and traveled towards Jackson at speeds over 90 mph, going into the opposite lanes of travel. He continued through the square in Jackson and down a dead-end street where he laid the bike down and ran away on foot. Sherrell gave chase, used his taser to subdue him and arrested him. 

Dispatch said he was wanted on several warrants from multiple agencies and the tag on the bike was stolen.  He was charged with felony fleeing, as well as multiple other traffic-related violations. 

 

Woman dodges man’s blows after he enters her home 

An Old Cork Road woman told Cpl. Christian Sawley that a man drove to her home drunk in a black pickup around 1:15 a.m. on Sept. 8 and after he started banging on her door, she let him inside. She said he accused her of owing him money and began to get mad. She told Sawley he took a swing at her with his right hand three times and she moved out of the way each time preventing him from hitting her. She said no one inside the house was willing to be a witness and Sawley referred her to the CARE Cottage for information on obtaining a temporary restraining order.

 

Florida man hits stop sign while fleeing

A Coral Springs, Fla. man was charged with hit and run and other traffic offenses after he was clocked doing 105 mph on I-75 S near Johnstonville Road around 2:45 p.m. on Sept. 10. Sgt. John Brown pursued the 2021 black BMW as the driver was traveling recklessly in and out traffic. Suddenly, he exited at North Lee Street at a high rate of speed, hit a stop sign and continued onto Collier Road where he was stopped by Sgt. John Thompson. He was arrested for reckless driving, failure to maintain lanes, failure to stop at a stop sign and leaving the scene of an accident. 

 

Bag of meth sends Barnesville man to jail

A Barnesville driver went to jail for drugs after he was stopped around in his 2011 KIA around 5 p.m. on Sept. 10 by Sgt. John Thompson for failing to maintain his lane twice while going south on Boxankle Road. As Thompson approached the car with three occupants, he saw the driver leaning and reaching over into the passenger side and he was overly nervous and shaking as he fumbled for his license. The driver said he had picked up a friend and was giving another friend a ride to the store but he didn’t know what store he was going to or what he was going to the store for. 

A small bag of methamphetamine was found inside the glove box where the driver was reaching and all three denied ownership. The driver was arrested and charged with failure to maintain lane and methamphetamine possession. 

 

Man caught shoplifting ear plugs at Walmart

A suspected Walmart shoplifter told officer Cody Maples on Sept. 10 that he was stealing ear plugs because he was broke but wanted to shoot his rifle. As Maples arrived, he saw Walmart security attempt to stop the shoplifter at the store’s entrance. The man evaded security and started hustling to his truck. Maples yelled at the man to stop as he was starting up his vehicle. The man hesitated a moment but complied. Upon exiting the vehicle, the man was handcuffed. The security guard showed Maples a video of the thief kneeling down and placing items in his boots. Maples frisked him and found several packets of stolen earplugs. The man said he needed ear plugs to shoot his rifle and stole them because he’s broke. Maples continued to search him and founded a red plastic straw containing white powder. The man confessed it was crushed Xanax. Maples placed the man in his patrol car and escorted him to jail. 

 

Crazy ex breaks man’s TV and throws phone out window. 

A Kimball Street woman told officer Kim Barnett on Sept. 11 that her keys were stolen out of her car by her ex-boyfriend. She had not spoken to him and had no evidence to back her claim but said she just knew. The following day, the woman called again, stating that she’d gotten her keys back from her ex and had recorded him admitting to taking them. Barnett asked to see the video, but the woman said she didn’t have it because the man had tossed her phone out of the car. She stated that she didn’t want to pursue any charges and just wanted her stuff back.

Later that day, Barnett was contacted by the ex-boyfriend, who said the woman had shown up at his house on Dew Place that morning with a hammer, cussing and screaming. Trying to avoid a fight, the man drove her back home. While on the road, the woman grabbed his phone and threw it out the window. It was then that he grabbed her phone and threw it out the window as payback. After dropping her off, the man went to work. When he returned home, he found that his flatscreen TV had been smashed as had a table lamp. 

Barnett went back to speak with the woman again at Huddle House. The woman admitted that she went back to her ex’s house when he left for work but denied breaking anything. At that time, Barnett arrested the woman for trespassing.

 

Man is charged with stealing $1.24 of items from Shell   

  A Forsyth man was arrested for stealing a 79 cent cigar and 45 cent cup of ice water from the Shell station on Lee Street on Sept. 12. Officer Bruce Hughley Jr. noticed a man get into a heated argument with the station clerk at Shell before walking across the street to the Circle K. Hughley made contact with the shoplifter at Dairy Queen, who admitted to taking the items and offered to pay for them. The clerk said he wanted the man prosecuted so Hughley handcuffed the snack-thief and transported him to jail. 

 

Illegal weapon found in car with unrestrained child

A wanted Warner Robins woman was arrested for marijuana along with a convicted felon in possession of a firearm after being stopped on I-75 S near North Lee Street in a Kia Optima with dark-tinted windows by Cpl. Thomas Haskins around 1 p.m. on Sept. 11. The tag came back as a car owned by a woman with an outstanding warrant. Haskins smelled marijuana as he approached the car and saw an unrestrained child in the backseat. He ordered the driver to exit the car and handcuffed her due to her warrant. 

The driver admitted they smoked pot earlier in the day but insisted there was no marijuana inside the car. Sgt. John Thompson spoke with the male passenger and saw a container of marijuana sitting in the driver’s seat. The passenger gave Thompson the container and the driver admitted it belonged to her.  A Taurus G2S loaded with 6 rounds of ammo was found under the front passenger seat along with a large bag containing around 2.5 ounces of marijuana. The driver also claimed ownership of that marijuana and said the pistol belonged to her.

Sgt. John Thompson told Haskins he overheard the passenger tell the driver to claim the gun belonged to her and Haskins asked the passenger if he was a convicted felon, to which he denied. Dispatch said he was convicted of felony first offender and was on probation for 5 years. He was arrested for possession of firearm by felony first offender. The driver was charged with possession of marijuana. Warner Robins said they would not extradite her on the warrant. The child was taken to the sheriff’s office and turned over to its grandmother.